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Route: Teacapán to Tepic
Date: December 20, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)

This route leaves the coast and climbs into interior Mexico. The drive begins by retracing the route from Teacapán to Escuinapa and then joining up with Mex 15 to continue south. From Escuinapa south there is both a toll (cuota) road and a free (libre) route. The cuota between Escuinapa and Mex 74 to San Blas is newly opened and as we have not previously driven it, we’ll take the cuota. It is 2-lanes with very wide shoulders and good surfacing. It is 86 miles (138.5 km) in length and has 2 toll booths. See below for toll rates. The cuota has no Pemex stations so be certain you have sufficient fuel before entering the cuota near Escuinapa. If you prefer to drive the libre road, see our Teacapán to Playa Amor driving log for December 3, 2006 which covers the libre route up to the exit near the libre Km 48 marker for the Tepic bypass route to Puerto Vallarta.

From the Mex 74 San Blas cutoff the road climbs to Tepic. The libre through this section is very slow with lots of trucks crawling up the 3,000 foot climb. For us this is a good cuota for the money, so this route will follow the cuota up the mountain to Tepic. The cuota is only 12 miles (19.3 km) long, is 4-lane with wide shoulders, and much of the road has recently been resurfaced. See below for toll rates.

The cuota and libre rejoin to become the Libramiento around Tepic. The driving log ends at the intersection of the Libramiento and the exit for Mex 200 to Puerto Vallarta.

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) – At the entrance to the town of Teacapán. We are heading toward Escuinapa. This was the end of the previous day’s driving log.

012.9 Miles (020.8 Km) – Turnoff left is to Playas Las Cabras.

022.5 Miles (036.3 Km) -- Pemex #5274 is on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

022.5 Miles (036.3 Km) – Level crossing of the railroad tracks.

022.6 Miles (036.5 Km) – The road becomes 4-lane divided with green lamp poles between the lanes.

023.5 Miles (037.9 Km) -- We turn right on an unnamed one way road (according to maps the road is named Perez) signed for Tepic. This busy city street is the main road through Escuinapa eastbound.

023.7 Miles (038.2 Km) -- Ley grocery store is on the left.

024.3 Miles (039.2 Km) – End of one way road and we merge with westbound traffic. Pemex #1775 with magna, premium, and diesel is on the left after we merge and the road is now 2 lanes with no shoulders.

024.8 Miles (040.0 Km) – Gaspasa propane plant is on the left at Km 198.

025.3 Miles (040.8 Km) -- Enter the small town of Loma Linda and Gas Express propane plant is on the left.

026.6 Miles (042.9 Km) – Another Gaspasa is on the left.

027.2 Miles (043.9 Km) – At the intersection where the Mazatlán Cuota joins Mex 15. We stay to the right signed for Tepic.

027.7 Miles (044.7 Km) --Camaron Seco (dried shrimp) for sale at topes as Mex 15 Libre and the Cuota merge (series of small topes before we merge and one after). The new toll road is beside us on the right, but this section is not open. Mex 15 is 2-lane with good surfacing and no shoulders.

028.6 Miles (046.1 Km) -- Km 192 marker.

030.1 Miles (048.5 Km) -- Restaurant Bugambillas is on the left (2 series of small topes).

032.0 Miles (051.6 Km) -- Pedestrian overpass with people selling dried shrimp. An unsigned town on the right (2 series of topes).

032.7 Miles (052.7 Km) – Detour with traffic our direction put on the new cuota road which is 4-lane.

033.3 Miles (053.7 Km) -- An exit (not yet open) to the right is for the cuota.

033.3 Miles (053.7 Km) -- We take the road to the right to access the Tepic Cuota. It is 2-lane with wide shoulders and a new surface with no lane striping.

033.7 Miles (054.4 Km) -- Km 164 marker.

034.6 Miles (055.8 Km) -- Bridge over the railroad tracks.

038.7 Miles (062.4 Km) – Puente Los Indios.

050.6 Miles (081.6 Km) -- Km 137 marker and an agricultural checkpoint for northbound traffic.

055.0 Miles (088.7 Km) -- Km 130 marker and we are in the state of Nayarit.

056.1 Miles (090.5 Km) -- Puente Las Cañas at the Km 128 marker.

060.6 Miles (097.7 Km) -- Km 121 marker.

060.9 Miles (098.2 Km) -- Exit to the right is for the towns of Acaponeta and Tecuala. We stay left for the Autopista Tepic – Villa Union Caseta Acaponeta (toll booth).

061.0 Miles (098.4 Km) -- At the Caseta Acaponeta toll booth. Rates: Automobile, Pick-Up, Motocicletas – 160 pesos, Autobus – 256 pesos, 2, 3, and 4 Axle Trucks – 256 pesos, 4, 5, and 6 Axles – 432 pesos, 7, 8 and 9 Axles – 590 pesos, Extra Axles – 80 (class A) or 128 (class C) pesos. We paid 320 pesos, the charge for 2 automobiles.

061.8 Miles (099.7 Km) -- Rest area on the right.

061.9 Miles (099.8 Km) -- Km 119 marker.

064.4 Miles (103.9 Km) -- Puente Acaponeta.

064.9 Miles (104.7 Km) -- Km 114 marker.

065.1 Miles (105.0 Km) – Painted stripes on the highway begin.

067.4 Miles (108.7 Km) -- Puente San Francisco.

088.6 Miles (142.9 Km) -- Km 76 marker.

089.9 Miles (145.0 Km) – Exit right for the cities of Santiago Ixcuintla and Rosamorada and the Tepic Libre. We continue straight and cross the libre road.

091.4 Miles (147.4 Km) -- Cross the railroad tracks.

091.7 Miles (147.9 Km) -- Km 71 marker.

097.1 Miles (156.6 Km) -- Puente Mendez.

098.2 Miles (158.4 Km) -- Puente Ruiz II.

098.6 Miles (159.0 Km) -- Puente Ruiz I.

100.5 Miles (162.1 Km) -- Km 57 marker.

101.3 Miles (163.4 Km) -- Exit right for the cities of Estacion Ruiz and El Venado.  We continue straight.

101.7 Miles (164.0 Km) -- Km 55 marker and we are at the Autopista Tepic – Villa Union Caseta Estacion Ruiz. Rates: Automobile, Pick-Up, Motocicletas – 71 pesos, Autobus – 114 pesos, 2, 3, and 4 Axle Trucks – 114 pesos, 4, 5, and 6 Axles – 194 pesos, 7, 8 and 9 Axles – 265 pesos, Extra Axles – 37 (class A) or 57 (class C) pesos. We paid 142 pesos, the charge for 2 automobiles.

104.0 Miles (167.7 Km) -- Cross the railroad tracks at the Km 51 marker.

108.9 Miles (175.6 Km) -- Km 43 marker.

109.4 Miles (176.5 Km) -- Exit right is for the towns of Capomal and Estacion Yago (caseta de cobro if you exit). We continue straight.

111.0 Miles (179.0 Km) – Start of Puente Santiago.

111.4 Miles (179.7 Km) -- Km 39 marker.

111.5 Miles (179.8 Km) -- End of Puente Santiago.

112.3 Miles (181.1 Km) -- Puente El Gluileno.

118.2 Miles (190.6 Km) -- Km 28 marker.

119.3 Miles (192.4 Km) -- Exit right is for the Mazatlán Libre. We continue straight for Tepic.

120.1 Miles (193.7 Km) -- Km 25 marker.

120.4 Miles (194.2 Km) – Mex 74 exit to San to the right. We continue straight signed for Tepic. The road becomes 4-lane divided.

122.3 Miles (197.3 Km) -- Pull off on the left with agua (water).

123.0 Miles (198.4 Km) -- Pull off with water on the right.

123.3 Miles (198.9 Km) -- Tepic Libre exit to the left. We go to the right for the Tepic Cuota (series of small topes). The cuota is 4-lane with older surfacing and has some cracking and patching. The northbound lanes are newly resurfaced.

124.9 Miles (201.5 Km) -- Km 18 marker.

126.2 Miles (203.5 Km) -- Start of new resurfacing with the lines not painted yet.

126.7 Miles (204.4 Km) -- Km 15 marker.

127.7 Miles (206.0 Km) -- Pull out with water on the right. The road now is 4-lane with very wide shoulders.

130.5 Miles (210.5 Km) -- Km 9 marker.

130.7 Miles (210.8 Km) -- At Autopista Tepic – Villa Union Caseta Trapichillo (toll booth). Rates: Autos, Pickup, Motos – 41 pesos, Microbus, Autobus – 63 pesos, 2 Axle Trucks – 114 pesos, 4 Axle Trucks – 174 pesos, Extra Axles Light Vehicles – 20 pesos, Extra Axles Cargo Vehicles – 32 pesos.  We pay $82 pesos, the charge for 2 automobiles.

130.9 Miles (211.1 Km) -- Parking area with refreshments on the right.

132.9 Miles (214.4 Km) -- The 4-lanes become divided with a barrier down the middle.

133.3 Miles (215.0 Km) -- Restaurants on the right side of the road.

134.9 Miles (217.6 Km) -- Km 2 marker.

135.3 Miles (218.2 Km) – Exit to the right for Tepic Centro. We continue straight for Guadalajara.

135.7 Miles (218.9 Km) -- Pemex (no number yet) on the left with no access from this lane. Pemex #6748 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store.

135.9 Miles (219.2 Km) -- Enter the city of Tepic with a population of 336,403.

136.2 Miles (219.7 Km) – Exit to the right for Tepic. We continue straight for Puerto Vallarta.

136.8 Miles (220.6 Km) -- Km 11 marker.

137.3 Miles (221.5 Km) -- Retorno for Mazatlán at Km 10 marker.

138.4 Miles (223.2 Km) -- Turnoff to the left for Tepic Centro. We continue straight.

138.6 Miles (223.5 Km) -- Km 8 marker.

140.8 Miles (227.1 Km) -- At the intersection with Hwy 200 to Puerto Vallarta and Tepic Centro.

 

See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for Tepic camping possibilities

 

 

 

 

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